And here's my Washington Post review of The Budos Band's headling gig at the 9:30 Club Thursday night. Wish I'd seen opener Charles Bradley's full set, because when he returned to sing "Why Is It So Hard" with Budos during their encore he fairly mopped the floor with them.
I admit I may need to get better at listening to instrumental music in a live setting. But any impatience on my part cannot be blamed for the unfunny, artlessly profane stage banter from trumpeter Andy Greene and saxophonist Jared Tankel, which largely dissipated the goodwill generated by their urgent, mysterious jams whenever one of them opened his mouth. This band needs a hype man.